Climate Change, Resources, and Refugees: The Multifaceted Nature of Displaced People in a Modernized World and the Case of the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh

By: Hallie Bereday

April 19, 2021

Virtual Spring 2021 REWA Student Symposium

It is well established that the Rohingya people experience persecution on the basis of their religion. However, additional factors may have contributed to their flight and merit further study. This paper examines the extent to which climate change, economics, and environmental degradation played a role in Rohingya migration. Furthermore, it advocates that international law expand to protect refugees impacted by any of these aspects. Finally, this research delves into international treaties and agreements, including the 2018 Global Refugee Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals, and assesses how these mechanisms could provide frameworks to legitimize climate refugees.


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